Hoffman, Gunther, & Duarte’s homers lead Pack to win, No. 4 seed

Hoffman, Gunther, & Duarte’s homers lead Pack to win, No. 4 seed

ALAMOSA, Colo. (May 7, 2017) In their final game of the regular season, Colorado State University-Pueblo Baseball clubbed three home runs to win an 18-15 shootout over Adams State University Sunday.

Behind the strength of three big flies, the Pack has clinched the No. 4 seed in next week's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament. They will play Metro State University of Denver in the first round of the Tournament in Grand Junction, Colo. 

David Gunther (Sr., Albuquerque, N.M.) smashed his first Pack home run in his final regular season game. Gunther finished the day 3-for-7 with three runs and four RBIs. His first career dinger was a three-run shot.

Jorge Duarte (Jr., San Luis, Ariz.) bashed his second home run of the season with a solo shot. Duarte delivered a 4-for-5 day at the dish with a dinger and a double. He also scored four runs.

Like Gunther, Zach Hoffman (Jr., South Jordan, Utah) also slugged his first homer in a Pack uniform. He also went 3-for-7 and four RBIs. His home run was also a three-run blast. Hoffman scored once and also started the game on the mound, though he did not factor in the decision.

Chris Devery (Jr., Saugus, Calif.) picked up another five RBIs, to bring his weekend total to 16. Devery went 3-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, and two runs scored. With 16 RBIs against the Grizzlies in the series, Devery nearly doubled his season total as he now has 33 RBIs on the season.

Gilbert Sauceda (So., Indio, Calif.) matched the RMAC single game record with five walks. He became the first player to earn five free trips since 2009. Sauceda also scored three runs for the Pack.

Senior Spencer Daniels (Saugus, Calif.) scored four runs for the Pack. He went 2-for-5 with a walk.  The four runs scored set a new career high for Daniels.

Brandon Castaneda (Sr., Azusa, Calif.) also drove in four runs for the Pack. Castaneda had two hits in four trips.

The Grizzlies put up a two-spot in the bottom of the first as they took an early lead. CSU-Pueblo fought back in a five-run third inning to take the lead for good. Devery hit a 3-run double to clear bases as Daniels, Gunther, and Sauceda all scored  to give the Pack a lead they would never surrender.

After the Pack added a run in the fourth on a Hoffman RBI single, the Grizzlies answered with one in their half of the fourth and two in the fifth to cut the Pack's lead to 6-5.

With the Grizzlies closing in,  Devery came through with a two-out triple to bring in Daniels and Sauceda. Devery would score on a Castaneda single as the Pack pushed the lead back to four at 9-5.

In the top of the seventh, Hoffman hit his three-run bomb to put the Pack up 12-5. A Castaneda sac fly would score Gunther and give the Pack a 13-5 lead at stretch time. 

Adams State would not go away as they scored 10 runs over the final three innings. However, the Pack would keep the pace. In the top of the eighth, Gunther smacked a three-run shot. His first career home run put the Pack in front 16-9. Another Castaneda sac fly put the Pack up eight in the eighth.

Duarte went yard in the ninth inning. Though the Grizzlies would get four runs in the bottom of the ninth, Colton Follett (Jr., Simi Valley, Calif.) did record the final six outs to help the Pack secure an 18-15 win.

Zach Visinoni (Sr., Paradise, Calif.) earned the win to improve to 2-0. Visinoni threw a career-high 4.2 innings, allowing three runs. He struck out four Grizzlies.
 
The Pack finished the regular season with a 23-24 record. They posted a 17-16 mark in RMAC games. They advance to the RMAC Tournament ninth consecutive season.
 
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.